Flying Hedwig

My husband and I have recently immigrated from South Africa to the United Kingdom, just before the Covid-19 outbreak, after just over 2 years of planning and preparation.  We have managed to bring across our 3 cats, but are struggling to get the funds together to bring over Hedwig, our cockatiel.

And yes, contrary to popular belief, in our case, cats and birds get along very well and have become the best of friends :) We strongly feel that once you've made a commit to adopt any animal, you should never leave them behind.  We have raised and hand reared Hedwig, named after Harry Potter's owl,  since she was 3 weeks old, and she has captured our hearts ever since.

We have arranged for her to stay with a foster mom until we manage to save enough to fly her over, but with unstable situations, lockdowns and finding a stable income, this has proved to set us back further than we hoped.  Her foster mom has been such a great help and we don't know what we would've done without her, but unfortunately she can't look after Hedwig for much longer, as she has a bird family of her own to look after too.  

There is a lot of paperwork and procedures involved.  The funds would go towards her home quarantine, vet check-ups and tests, flights, export documents and customs clearance. We would be so happy for your help in reuniting us.  I wouldn't know where to begin to say thank you, as my husband and I do not have children of our own,  we are such huge animal lovers and the way we see it, they are our children.



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Melissa Aitken-Smith 
Liverpool, North West England, United Kingdom

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